17 Jan 2015

Cook Islands opposition launches Aitutaki campaign

8:13 pm on 17 January 2015

Two Cook Islands opposition parties have launched their campaign to back a single candidate for a by-election on Aitutaki.

The Democratic Party and One Cook Islands Party have launched the campaign to back Kete Ioane, in a bid to gain an extra MP to make a coalition government.

The need for another by-election in one of Aitutaki's two seats follows a Court of Appeal judgement which declared the election victory of the Cook Islands Party's Moana Ioane void after it was found he had bribed a voter.

The Democratic Party leader, Wilkie Rasmussen, says over 200 people attended the campaign launch, where an opposition policy of no tax for pensioners was announced.

The Prime Minister, Henry Puna, says he's confident his candidate, Mr Ioane, will hold on to the seat.